Saturday, February 1, 2014
As soon as the one pillow cover was finished, I was ready to make more. A couple relatives on Facebook even suggested I could start selling. Of course, I was already thinking that, but it took a few days for Jason to see the potential.
Meanwhile, in the quest of finding the perfect inspiration fabric for my living room, I found a few that were potentials for my home but I wasn’t sure that any of them were just right. Hmm … wouldn’t it be convenient if I had an excuse to buy fabrics whenever I want, and test them out as pillows in my own home if I so choose? Why yes!
And suddenly a business was born.
I love to research and source things online, so I’ve been busily looking at thousands of fabrics, and choosing which ones to open my shop with. Thankfully Pinterest allows “secret boards” so that I can easily keep track of which fabrics I like, but everyone else doesn’t get inundated with them in their feeds. I am at that excitable stage where I just want to buy EVERYTHING! I’m trying to hold myself back … because it all adds up quickly. But you never know what will resonate with people, so I tried to get a selection of a several different fabrics to begin with.
Jason helped me come up with the shop name and figure out pricing. Once I got all my sample pillow covers made and photographed, Etsy made it easy to get everything set up and open the shop. Stuck on Hue officially debuted a week ago. Below is a screenshot showing a few of the pillow designs currently available.
I was making dinner a couple days ago when my smartphone made a cash register sound. I have some crazy notification sounds on my phone, but that was one I hadn’t heard before. It was my Etsy app notifying me of my first sale! And it was for TWO pillows! Woo-hoo! I may have run around the house announcing it and doing a happy dance. (Be glad you didn’t have to see that.)
Please stop by the shop and have a look around. I can do custom orders anytime, too, if you have a particular fabric in mind. I’m also happy to help people source fabrics if they don’t know what’s out there but can give me some direction on colors, style, etc.
I’ll be posting new products and styling ideas via my Stuck on Hue Facebook page, so give it a “like” if you want to keep updated. And if you know anyone who might be in the market for decorative pillows, please send them my way!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Believe it or not, I have NOT been busy procrastinating. I've been busy DOING! I know, it's still shocking to me too. Those who follow me on Instagram may have noticed (three weeks ago ... I told you I was bad about sharing here) that things of the sewing variety were going on.
I have a big announcement related to that topic, which I will save for my next post, because I know it will take me forever to put it together and I've got to at least get this teaser published. Because if it's out there, I have to follow up with the details very soon or you guys might hunt me down. Or at least I hope you will, because I depend on you to hold me accountable.
In the mean time, please wait at the edge of your seats, because I know you have nothing better to do. ;)
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Want to mimic her style? One Kings Lane is offering Alexander Calder’s “Bubbles” print in a black frame, seen above in Rentmeester’s living room. Actually I wouldn’t mind gifting myself several pieces from OKL’s collection called “The Art Shop.” I especially love Jen Garrido’s abstract pieces. What’s your favorite?
Friday, January 3, 2014
It’s our good friend, Chiang Mai Dragon. Sometimes I have no idea why certain things gain popularity, but in this case, it’s justified. Not only does the pattern include lots of varied shapes, but there are quite a few colors within the print to keep the eye moving as well. A pattern like this is a great start to a room design because you can go so many directions with pillows, curtains, rugs, accessories, etc. In fact, my favorite TV designer, Sarah Richardson, did just that in a bachelor pad loft makeover.
Even though Chaing Mai Dragon is so 2011, it would look great in my living room today. In fact, I have spent too many hours the past couple days scouring Etsy, Ebay and other sources for a good deal on a Chiang Mai Dragon pillow. Sometimes it’s worth coughing up more money than usual when you find the perfect item. In my case, I change my mind too frequently, so I hesitate to pull the trigger on the dragon fabric for my own use.
Unfortunately there aren’t any fabrics I can find that meet the criteria I’m looking for. The main colors should be black, white and blue (preferably royal or navy). Other colors could be included but only in addition to the main three. Seriously, people, this seems to be an impossible request.
I’m a big fan of Bluebellgray’s Abstract print, but there’s way too much pink/purple to fly around here. The search goes on.
Do you have an inspiration fabric in your home that you built a room or color scheme around? I’d love to hear about why it stood out to you. And if you come across what you think may be the perfect fabric for me, please send details my way!
Friday, December 27, 2013
I’m partial to the earlier version, with the pop-art Queen Elizabeth art and the vintage chairs covered in the hot pink David Hicks La Fiorentina fabric, since I’m more of a fan of bold than soft and fluffy. When the living room was changed to the lighter look, the pink chairs were moved to the dining room to serve as captain’s chairs, partnered with Milo Baughman chairs covered in sumptuous navy velvet. And Queen Elizabeth now reigns over the dining room as well.
Check out Cote de Texas for more versions of Sally’s living and dining rooms. My favorite version of her dining room was featured in Domino. I’m smitten with the black and white geometric wallpaper, featured in this photo of her gilt bar cart.
"My style is a sort of casual sophistication with playful elements thrown in. It's always evolving, but the constant would probably be a neutral base with splashes of fun accessories, art and color. I always love to include unique and one of a kind pieces if possible." - Sally Wheat, High Gloss Magazine, February/March 2011
A perfect example of that is her client’s room below, with emerald green and pink, against pale walls and sofa. OMG ... the jaw-dropping malachite drapes ....
I never would have thought to pair this pastel oversized wall art with leopard stools, but it’s a killer look.
On the flip side, Sally also wows with dark walls, below in a client’s office (hello, python wrapped desk) and in her own home office.
Back to the light and bright spaces, here’s another client home, this one featured in Domino.
You know how I’ve been wanting to go bold blue on my living room walls and Jason has put up a big veto? What do you think about pale gray instead, if I add in royal blue by way of side chairs (see some of my favorites here) across from my black leather sofa?
Images not sourced above are from Sally Wheat Interiors, with the exception of the photo with the Queen Elizabeth pop art, which is from the premiere issue of Modern Luxury Texas Interiors.